The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has issued an open invitation to the profession for members to attend its annual RCVS Day.

Stuart Reid (left) will take over as president of RCVS.

Held at One Great George Street in Westminster on July 11, the event – comprising the college’s AGM, awards, a talk, drink and lunch – is open to any vets and listed/registered vet nurses interested in attending. However, spaces are limited and the free tickets are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The day will kick off with outgoing president Neil Smith fulfilling his last official engagement, when he chairs the AGM. Here, he will welcome the new members of RCVS council and vet nurse council before handing over the reins to Stuart Reid, principal of the Royal Veterinary College, who will take up his office as RCVS president for 2014/15.

Also at the AGM, council members will agree the college’s annual report and financial statements for 2013, as well as voting on a motion to submit a new Royal Charter to the Privy Council for approval.

Following this will be an awards presentation where honorary awards will be bestowed and fellowships and diplomas awarded.

This year the college will also bestow its new RCVS Queen’s Medal – the most prestigious honour that can be awarded to a veterinary surgeon – the first recipient of which is Des Thompson OBE from Northern Ireland.

After the awards, a talk from guest speaker Sarah Cleaveland from the University of Glasgow entitled ‘International perspectives on zoonotic diseases: tackling complexity through collaboration’, will take place. Prof Cleaveland’s speech will talk about the nature and magnitude of zoonotic diseases, their prevention and control, and the role of vets in an international context. Drinks and lunch will follow before the event closes.

If you are interested in attending RCVS Day, contact Fiona Harcourt on or 020 7202 0773.

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